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The Nation

Veterans Administration hospitals would begin billing private insurance companies, and some former GIs would have to pay part of their medical costs for the first time, under a House Committee proposal. The House Veterans Affairs Committee voted 14 to 12 to approve the legislation, which was a bipartisan proposal aimed at achieving $300 million in VA savings to meet requirements of the fiscal 1986 budget. The bill would set a deductible--up to $476 a year in 1986--to be paid by VA patients who have a family income of more than $25,000.


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